When government works well (and it does sometimes), it really works well, BUT when it doesn’t (which is so much of the time anymore) it is FUCKING BAD. Usually things are put into place without any damn thought or what the consequences will be, government just runs shit through and then worries about when hell breaks loose later down the road after so much damage is done. Like the homeless situation, this city started just dumping homeless shelters (and illegal ones to boot – hotels) into “certain” communities and usually communities, like Jamaica, which already have major amounts of problems without adding more shit to the list. And of course there was no thought given to proper security where many of these shelters have very problematic people (drug addicts, mentally ill, violent ex-cons, etc.).
Well, now the hardest working agency in the city, the NYPD, is overseeing security in all the homeless shelters in this city. DumbBlasio, you think you should have thought that one out before you began dumping shelters in vulnerable communities and warehousing of human beings.
On another related issue, one of the worst city agencies, DHS (Department of Homeless Services) with asshole Commissioner Steve Banks is asking New Yorkers to volunteer for its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate, known as HOPE, to assist the agency in estimating the number of people living on the streets, in parks, subways, and other public spaces across the city.
Sorry folks, but I am tired of this whole constant “volunteer” bullshit. While that is great when our economy is booming for everyone, everyone is working a ONE job with an actual livable working wage (as opposed to working two, three low-paying jobs) and where half of people’s paychecks are not going to housing in this ridiculously expensive city, which does not need to be so expensive, asking people to volunteer their very little free time to begin with to count homeless is a fucking insult. Why don’t you Banks and your entire agency go out and count homeless, I mean that is your fucking job to begin with, you get paid a hefty salary and live in Brooklyn where you don’t have a homeless shelter in your neighborhood. WHAT FUCKING NERVE.
Here is my thought on those who SHOULD volunteer to count the homeless:
- City Council Members & Assembly Members, plus all their staff : There are 51 council members & 150 assembly members and they hardly do any fucking work as it is and get paid a nice big salary, way more than the hardworking average New Yorker. Hell if asshole Councilman Ruben Wills can pull a fucking dumb stunt like “playing homeless”, on the tax payer’s dime, like he did a few years ago, he can go out and count them (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/do-nothing-councilman-ruben-wills-playing-homeless-for-three-days-how-about-playing-councilman-instead-of-willie-the-hobo/)
- Mayor deBlasio and his entire administration: I mean you helped to create all this nonsense, then you and you entire staff count the homeless and not just for an hour to do a photo op.
- BIG MOUTH LIBERAL CELEBRITIES: All these loud mouth overpaid celebrity actors, sports figures musicians, models, artists, etc who love to talk about these issues as long as they don’t have to see these issues where they live, GO OUT AND COUNT. And especially those from the hip/hop, rap world, where many of these shelters are dumped in communities of color.
- Religious “leaders”: NYC and especially Queens is filled with a gazillion number of churches from big ass Catholic behemoths & big money AME (Floyd Flake) to shitty store front black, Hispanic and Asian churches. If every single one of these leaders of churches and a handful of those devoted followers went out, you would not need to ask the regular folks at all.
- Mega rich white folks of NYC on Park Avenue, Upper East Side and other neighborhoods where you will never see a homeless shelter or piece of garbage, go out and count.
STOP asking overworked and over burdened hard working average New Yorkers to do “free work” that your agency should be doing or at the very least pay people to do it, pay the unemployed, pay the ex-cons just getting out of jail, pay all the young people in communities like Jamaica who are not working, hell, pay some of the damn homeless to count their own brothers and sisters. Just leave the rest of us out of your damn bullshit that you helped to create and turn “homelessness” into BIG BUSINESS.
From Queens Times Ledger:
NYPD is overseeing security at city homeless shelters
The NYPD has taken over the management of security at Department of Homeless Services shelters citywide. Nearly 700 DHS peace officers have already been retrained and security plans at all locations have been reviewed and enhancements were made where needed.
NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill pointed out that “2016 was the safest year on record in New York City.”
He added, “We will bring our crime-fighting expertise to assist the Department of Homeless Services in making their facilities more secure, with both out management team and the training of peace officers.”
While DHS supervisors have tasers, peace officers will not be armed but were trained to do a better job of keeping weapons out of shelters, defusing tense encounters, dealing with the mentally ill and preventing domestic violence. Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered an NYPD review of DHS security in March.
“The NYPD is among the premier policing and security organizations in the world and having them work with Commissioner Steve Banks to manage security at our homeless shelters will ensure the best possible approach to providing safety for both shelter residents and the neighborhoods where the shelters are located,” de Blasio said.
Last week, NYPD Deputy First Commissioner Benjamin Tucker joined Banks, the head of the Department of Social Services, to announce the program at One Police Plaza. Deputy Chief Edward Thompson will lead the team off 22 NYPD personnel who will oversee all DHS security while analyzing incident data to evaluate risks and inform policy and staffing decisions at shelters.
“DHS’ security plan, including the new key NYPD role, demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of the individuals and families DHS is entrusted with protecting,” Banks said. “DHS work with the NYPD management team has already resulted in the implementation of critical improvements to the shelter security measures that had been in place for many years.”
Meanwhile, DHS is asking New Yorkers to volunteer for its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate, known as HOPE, to assist the agency in estimating the number of people living on the streets, in parks, subways, and other public spaces across the city. HOPE 2017 will held Jan. 23 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and DHS will need a minimum of 3,000 volunteers to collect vital information that will augment the HOME-STAT quarterly nighttime street counts that helped 690 street homeless transition off the streets.
“It’s essential to know how many New Yorkers need our services, and the HOPE count is an important part of that,” Banks said. “Now with the Mayor’s HOME-STAT initiative, we are greatly increasing our outreach program to help bring people in from the streets, and we will have more information about homelessness on the streets going forward.”
The HOPE count began in 2003 with 1,000 volunteers in Manhattan and now covers all five boroughs. Over 3,800 New Yorker volunteered for HOPE 2016, a record total.
Those interested in volunteering should visit www.nyc.gov/hope to register.